Hope I don't evoke any of the vitriol this topic seemed to bring out of some posters, but I have a question. I need to know if I can adjust my Reese slider hitch from "tow" to "manuever" position while hooked up. If so, just chock the wheels and ease it on up or back? Seems like it could be a little dicey.
Hope I get a quick response 'cause I need to go pick up ours pronto.
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To slide the hitch while attached, unlock the slider, max out the brake controler then hold the brake controler on, and back up (or drive forward) a few inches. If the trailer brakes won't hold the trailer for sliding the hitch, chock the tires and have the brakes checked soon.
Only reason I wouldn't drive with the hitch slid back is it isn't designed for that. The mounting on my hitch puts the pin roughly between the four points, slide it back and you are on top of or behind the rear points. Static loading (sitting there) is far different from dynamic loading (hitting a pothole at speed).
In my honest opinion , I would not take the chance of pulling while the hitch is in the slid back position . Maybe in a tight campgrounds, at low speeds , but quite honestly I would say your just looking for trouble and there is a good chance you will find it. It is my total understanding that the hitch was not made to pull in that position by the manufactures . Life is Good.
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